First, let me make clear that I admire Oliver Stone as a brilliant, creative artist. At the same time I must respond to his recent letter [Calendar Letters, July 30] here where he focuses on the fact that I never revealed to him that I had previously made three hash smuggling runs from Istanbul to New York. It was 1975, at the height of the War on Drugs, and my admission of said trips constituted major felonies, so I was advised by my lawyer that I could not speak or write about them in my book. Oliver delivered a great script, which won an Academy Award, and Alan Parker made a great film. Where I have always taken issue with his script is a courtroom speech that has me spewing a hate-filled diatribe against Turkey and its people, when I actually said that all I could do was forgive them. So let us all accept our share of credit or blame for a film that is still stirring conversation 40 years later. Billy Hayes Las Vegas
BILLY HAYES was portrayed by Brad Davis the 1978 film “Midnight Express.” Screenplay by Oliver Stone.